Ambassadors

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Romaine Sawyers

Romaine Sawyers

Romaine Sawyers is a professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

A West Bromwich Albion academy graduate, he had brief spells on loan at Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall and was named in League One's PFA Team of the Year for his performances in the 2015–16 season. He joined Brentford in July 2016 and went on to serve as club captain before he returned to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee in July 2019. He helped the club to win promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2019–20 season. Romaine is also an ambassador for Kick It Out.

Matt Murray

Matt Murray

Matt is a hugely familiar face to football fans across the country both from his time in goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers and now through his distinguished broadcasting career with Sky Sports.

Born in Solihull, Murray progressed through Wolves academy system to sign professional forms in 1998. The five-year contract he was given, aged 17, is the longest in the club's history for an academy graduate.

However, after 100 career appearances for Wolves, Matt’s playing career was ended prematurely through injury.

He can now often be seen live on Sky commentating and giving his analysis on games.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Michael enjoyed a distinguished football career, predominantly in the top two flights of English football. The defender played more than 550 games, which included memorable spells at Birmingham City, Notts County and Derby County.

Michael is a full Jamaican international and played 13 times for the national team. Following his retirement, Michael had a spell as manager of Notts County.

Michael is currently an Ambassador for Derby County.

Drewe Broughton

Drewe Broughton

As a former England youngster tipped for the top, Drewe, 40, admits his career was dogged and undermined by soul searching and self-doubt.

Drewe enjoyed a football career spanning 17 years and taking in 22 clubs, which started at Norwich City and included successful spells with Peterborough United, Rotherham United, Mk Dons and Kidderminster Harriers In total the centre forward made over 540 senior appearances, scoring 116 goals.

The big centre-forward however, ended up going into the Sporting Chance rehabilitation clinic for addictions and an emotional breakdown after retiring. Nowadays Drewe is putting his experiences to good use helping the next generation of players cope with the pressures and pitfalls of football. His knowledge and ability to nurture players has helped Drewe build a portfolio of clients including internationals and Premier League stars.

In 2017 he also made his debut in the corporate world mentoring CEOs and senior management at City corporations on how to cope with pressure and improve performance.

Jonathon Trace

Jonathon Trace

A versatile producer/director and presenter with over 25 years’ experience in producing high quality video content and broadcast documentaries.

Jonathan’s produced/directed over 500 programmes of all genres and have won 30+ national and international awards including Gold at the New York International Film and Television Festival.

He’s produced for some of the world's best known brands and businesses such as Amazon, CEVA, Compass, DHL, and of course The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

‘JT’ as he’s affectionately known has been a keen supporter of the charity for the last five years and is the compare of our annual Charity Gala Ball.

Suzanne Alderson

Suzanne Alderson

Suzanne is a Birmingham-based marketing professional who recently sold her agency. She’s got a personal interest in raising awareness of mental health following her daughter suffering from depression and anxiety.

In response to this Suzanne set up a Facebook support group for parents of teenagers with depression and anxiety to help them deal with their lives with a depressed or anxious child, and have over 1100 active members.

James Chambers

James Chambers

James is a retired professional footballer who enjoyed a career spanning over 16 years and over 400 senior games, including spells with West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Leicester City and Walsall.

Following his retirement, James now spends his time pursuing his other business interests, particularly, his My Farwell venture.

My Farwell is a discreet and secure service which allows individuals to create a video message or life story, to be passed on to family and friends at a time of their choosing, whether that's now, or when they have passed away to comfort them.

James is also a keen advocate for a host of local charities across the West Midlands.

Conor Joyce

Conor Joyce

Conor plays professional rugby with Doncaster Knights in the RFU Championship, having previously developed his game with Jersey Reds for three years and Ulster Rugby for five years.

Through his sporting career, Conor’s experienced the highs and lows of competing at a professional level. To overcome the lows, it helps to create openness between players, coaches and everyone involved in sport so that individuals are able to express any concerns or doubts they may have when it comes to the subject of mental health.

Leon Mann

Leon Mann

With over a decade of experience working in sport and media, Leon has worked with, and alongside, some of the world’s most respected companies, notably – the BBC and ITV.

Leon has earned a reputation for delivering big name interviews and has worked tirelessly to secure opportunities with the most celebrated names in sport – from Usain Bolt to David Beckham.

In 2010, Leon founded the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS), a network that lobbies the UK’s leading power brokers in the media industry to raise the prospects and profile of black sports journalists in the UK.

In 2014, Leon founded the Sports People’s Think Tank (SPTT) with former Premier League footballers – Jason Roberts MBE, fellow Ambassador Michael Johnson and Darren Moore. The SPTT represents the views of hundreds of sports people.

John Bray

John Bray

John Bray is BBC West Midlands Social Media Editor, based at BBC Birmingham. John, who lives in Shropshire, became an ambassador after making a film with us about our 12 signs promoting happiness and well-being at Dudley Port station.

Frank Sinclair

Frank Sinclair

Frank Sinclair is a former professional footballer. He made 756 league and cup appearances in a 16-year playing career and has played for Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Leicester City, Burnley and Chelsea Football clubs amongst others.

Born in England, he was called up to represent Jamaica at the 1998 CONCAF Gold Cup and played five games as the team finished in fourth-place. He also played all three of his country's games at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and went on to feature twice in the 2000 CONCAF Gold Cup and ended his international career in October 2003 after a total of 28 caps.

Frank was appointed as player-manager at Colwyn Bay in February 2013 and was named as Conference North Manager of the Month in April and December 2013. He went on to serve Brackley Town as caretaker-manager in October 2015 and served as Hednesford Town manager from December 2015 to April 2016. As well as being Head of Coaching Development at Port Vale, Frank is a freelance TV and radio pundit for Chelsea TV; Sky Sports, BT Sport and Talksport.

James Coppinger

James Coppinger

James Coppinger is a professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Doncaster Rovers. He is in his 17th season at the club, and is the all time appearance record holder amassing over 650 appearances for the club. He is a former England Youth international and has also played for Newcastle United, Darlington FC, Hartlepool United, Nottingham Forest and Exeter City.

Rustie Lee

Rustie Lee

Rustie Lee is a television chef, actress and musician in the United Kingdom, most famous for her appearances in the 1980s on morning station, TV-am. Following her successful stint as a chef on TV-am in 1983, Rustie Lee took over from Sarah Kennedy on the second incarnation of the ITV game show Game for a Laugh. She also embarked on a singing career recording her own album.

She was born in Portland, Jamaica, in 1953 but moved to Birmingham, the UK’s second city, with her family as a child.

You may also recognise her from our 2019 gala ball, where she hosted with our other ambassador, Will Mellor!

Will Mellor

Will Mellor

Will Mellor is an English actor from Stockport in Greater Manchester. He is best known for playing Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks, Rod Kennedy in Line of Duty, Jack Vincent in Casualty, DC Spike Tanner in No Offence, as well as Ollie Curry in White Van Man.

As well as stated above, Will has appeared in several filmographies throughout his acting career and has also released a number of hit singles.

Most recently, Will has appeared on numerous TV shows such as Keith Lemon’s Sketch Show, Through the Keyhole, Virtually Famous, as well as being a regular on Celebrity Juice. He also takes part in a popular video podcast with his fellow ambassador and Two Pints cast mate, Ralf Little.

Ralf Little

Ralf Little

Ralf Little is an English actor, writer, presenter, narrator and former semi-professional footballer, working mainly in television comedy.

He played Antony Royle in The Royle Family and Jonny Keogh in the first six series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

More recently, you may know Ralf from his video podcast with fellow ambassador and Two Pints cast mate, Will Mellor. Also as of 2019, Ralf also plays DI Neville Parker in Death in Paradise.

Paul Chuckle

Paul Chuckle

Paul Chuckle is an actor and writer, known for ChuckleVision, The Chucklehounds and The Freddie Starr Showcase.

In 2010 the Chuckle Brothers won the first Celebrity Coach Trip and from 2014 until 2018, Paul and his brother made appearances at various nightclubs and student events, performing sets and posing for photographs - he even collaborated with Tinchy Stryder to release a charity single.

Paul is a huge advocate for mental health and opening up about how you feel, especially after the loss of his beloved brother, Barry Chuckle.

Following Barry’s death, Paul has appeared in a number of quiz shows for charity, including Pointless Celebrities, Tenable All Stars and Celebrity Mastermind.

More recently, Paul Chuckle enjoys making TikToks and entertaining his fans on social media.
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